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Agriculture & food security

Concurrent realities of climate change and population growth are causing increased concern over global food security and natural resource depletion. Whilst the ‘Green Revolution’ of the twentieth century saw vastly improved rates of food production which saved millions of lives worldwide, its legacy of soil exhaustion and water contamination highlighted the importance of sustainability. Helping smallholder farmers toward greater efficiency requires a comprehensive approach comprising:

  • Productive techniques and technology
  • Resilience to unpredictable weather and price shocks
  • Gender-neutral opportunities and responsibilities
  • Easy access to reliable markets
  • Inclusive government policies representing economic interests fairly

To mitigate risks, innovative and viable advances in agricultural practices coupled with community capacity building are the way towards a green and clean future for generations to come.

Agricultural Development and Health Care
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Health
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: China

Agricultural Development and Health Care

Agrarian communities of rural Gansu Province are periodically tormented by drought.  Lack of access to financial markets keep farmers in a trap of subsistence living as they are scarcely able to grow enough produce to break beyond their survival needs.

Community Development
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Community development, Education, Health, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Adults
  • Country: Burundi

Community Development

The large number of Burundian men killed by the HIV/AIDs epidemic or conflict, has created many poor and fragile households headed by women or minors who have little income to spare.  In order for the country to rebuild and provide a future for the next generation, these widows and orphans require adequate housing, healthcare, education and vocational training.

Community Uplift
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Disability Inclusive, Health, Water Security
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Ethnic minorities, People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Tajikistan

Community Uplift

Across the rugged terrain of Tajikistan there are scattered communities in great need.  Disability is stigmatized, medical facilities are overrun, the employment base is narrow and drinking water is in short supply. 

Deaf Education and Agricultural Development
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Disability Inclusive, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Myanmar

Deaf Education and Agricultural Development

In a country devastated by years of guerilla militia and political upheaval, the rights and opportunities of children with disabilities have fallen by the wayside on governmental agendas.  This school project assists hearing impaired children gain skills necessary for productive lives.

Food and Water Security
  • Category: Agriculture & food security
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Kenya

Food and Water Security

The semi-arid climate of Eastern Kenya is a source for much concern over food and water security.  Exacerbated by climate change and land degradation, the loss of arable soil to erosion poses great risk of famine and drought.  

Food and Water Security
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Water Security
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sudan

Food and Water Security

South Sudan is the world’s newest country having gained independence from Sudan in September 2011, but it didn’t come easily.  The country is taunted by ongoing civil conflict and religious persecution as more than 1 million nationals reside as refugees or internally displaced people.

Income Generation Programs
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Income Generation Programs

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Positive demographic transition has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status but now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Post-War Capacity Building
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Community development, Education, Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Uganda

Post-War Capacity Building

Uganda has seen and suffered under almost twenty years of war between The Lord’s Resistance Army and government forces.  During this time, heinous atrocities were committed including massacres, torture, rape and abductions of young ones to become child soldiers and child brides.

Rescue and Emergency Relief
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Emergency Relief, Health, Social Enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Ethnic minorities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Myanmar

Rescue and Emergency Relief

Ethnic tension is rampant in Burma.  Skewed spending on defence has stagnated economic growth and development indicators are ubiquitously dubious.  The government refuses basic services to some minorities and the military targets them in ruthless bouts of conflict.  An epidemic of statelessness has emerged whereby many Burmese are internally displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.

Secondary Schooling & Nutrition
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Adolescents
  • Country: Ethiopia

Secondary Schooling & Nutrition

In the central highlands of Ethiopia, food security is extremely fragile.  The staple diet is comprised of an unleavened bread called ‘injera’ made from teff, a low-yielding indigenous crop that requires much labour and care.  Traditional sedentary agriculture accounts for problems of overgrazing, deforestation and soil exhaustion, placing Ethiopia’s agricultural productivity levels as one of the lowest in the world.

Sustainable Schooling
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Health, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Uganda

Sustainable Schooling

Subsistence living is ubiquitous throughout rural Uganda.  Without the capital to purchase land and scale up small enterprises, the majority of families remain fettered to their farms and single-room clay huts with little opportunity to send their children to school.